Swanstrom’s resident tool master Tim Sheriff is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind classroom experience at Rio: He will tag-team with talented designer/instructor Lauren Tobey for a Winter Workshop class that will take disc cutters and pliers to the limits of students’ imaginations. In this edition of The Studio, read about Tim’s journey from Iowa farmhand to jewelry-making rock star, and pick up a few of his invaluable nuggets along the way.
You’ve been told you need a rectifier and you’re thinking, “What on earth is a rectifier and why do I need one?” Ashli Brooke Taylor is here to explain how a rectifier can help you electroplate, electroform, electrocoat, and anodize metals safely and with reliable results.
The Rio Gemstones team sees thousands, heck, tens of thousands, of gemstones every year. Rarely does a week go by that one of us doesn’t turn to the other and say, “Hey check out this cool inclusion…” Until this week, though, we had never seen (except in books) hematite needle inclusions inside an amethyst. Take a look and see what we found!
May is all about the Santa Fe Symposium, the premier conference on jewelry manufacturing technology. In May, 2015—May 17–20, to be precise—the brightest and most inquiring minds in the jewelry industry will come together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for more than three days of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Registration is open now…learn more in the latest post at The Studio!
Today we present the second in our series of four posts about fall 2014 jewelry trends. By contrast with classic pearls, which we featured as our inaugural trend, today’s post switches gears and explores the pearl’s counterpoint: an edgier, darker look that was just as popular on the fall runways. We’re calling it “Underworld,” and we think you’re going to like it.
Both chemical and electro-etching can be used by jewelers to add fine, detailed patterns and drawings to their designs. In today’s post, Ashli Brooke Taylor compares these two jewelry etching methods and gives you the information you need to dive in and get etching!
What are the pros and cons of running your jewelry business from home? Marlene Richey is the person to ask. She ran her own home-based jewelry design business for more than 30 years and she’s on The Studio today to give you the nitty gritty on what to expect when you work in the same place where you wear your bunny slippers!
What does it take to be a WILDLY successful seller on Etsy? We wanted to know, so we asked Chuck Domitrovich of Down to the Wire Designs how he does it. Chuck shared five simple and effective suggestions that will help you make the most of your online selling experience!
If you’re new to rose gold, the frustration of trying to cast with stones in place can be maddening. The incompatible cooling requirements of this alloy compared with those of gemstones can lead to frustration for jewelers who are drawn to this otherwise appealing metal. Today Eddie Bell shares some insider tips that will help you understand the problem with rose gold and give you practical advice for solving the problem!
Joe Silvera, of the Silvera Jewelry School, was here at Rio Grande in August to teach a class on soldering gold-and silver-filled metals for our Summer Workshop Series. Heather Apodaca joined Joe’s 2-day class and learned to make a simple ring project using faceted round wire. In today’s post, Heather shares step-by-step instructions for making this simple eye-catching ring!
Pearls are timeless. They’ve never really gone out of style, but lately they are popping up in the fashion mainstream in a fresh and modern way. Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson demonstrates a simple method for mounting pearls using pearl caps and epoxy. With this method, you can use components to create a wide range of jewelry designs from earrings to bracelets to necklaces.
Today, on The Studio, Marlene Richey talks about the power of providing exceptional customer service. What outstanding customer service experience have you had recently and how did it make you feel? How can your service create a lasting positive memory for your customer? Remember, “The customer’s perception is your reality”!